Phil Baty is a leading international authority on university performance and strategy, with more than 22 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade as editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is an award-winning journalist, a sought-after speaker and commentator, and the creator of the THE World Academic Summits.
Dr Chakma, an expert in petroleum research and energy management, moved to Western in 2009, from the University of Waterloo where he served as vice-president, academic and provost, and as a professor in the department of chemical engineering. He is also chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada.
Bruce Chapman is a professor of economics at the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University. He has a PhD from Yale University and is the author of about 250 papers in the field of education and labour market economics. He helped to design and initiate the world’s first national income-contingent loan for university students, and has been directly involved in higher education financing policy reform for some 15 countries.
Sara Custer is digital editor at THE. She has covered global higher education as a journalist for more than five years. Before joining THE in 2017, she was editor of international education website and magazine, The PIE News.
Professor Dickenson AM oversees the six faculties at QUT, the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit and the Learning and Teaching Unit, and is chair of the University Academic Board. She is actively involved with a range of public sector and education agencies and is a member of the Universities Australia Standing Group for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. In January 2016, she was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the tertiary education sector with the award of the Member of the Order of Australia.
Professor Dixon leads global engagement at the University of Auckland. Prior to taking up this role, she was dean of creative arts and industries at the university. She has driven a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific region through leadership of various research and engagement university consortia. She is also chair of the Universitas 21 Senior Leaders’ Group.
Professor Freshwater took on her current role in 2017. She contributes to many national and international boards including as chair and director of the Group of Eight, board director of the Perth USAsia Centre and member of the partnership board of the Worldwide Universities Network. She led the development of the UWA Public Policy Institute in 2018, to create a bridge between academic research and government, public and business needs. An experienced supporter of translational research and research-led teaching, her contributions in public health and in researching leadership practices won her the highest honour in her field – fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.
John Gill has been editor of Times Higher Education since March, 2012. He has previously held roles as news editor, deputy news editor and reporter with the magazine. John has been closely involved in the development of THE’s World University Rankings portfolio over the last eight years, and was called to give evidence to the recent parliamentary inquiry into teaching metrics.
President-elect, World Federation of Engineering Organisations
Former president, Nankai University
Professor Gong is chairman of the Academic Committee of Nankai University, executive president of the Chinese Institute of New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Strategies and president-elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. He has served as vice-president of Tsinghua University, president of Tianjin University and president of Nankai University. He led the initiative on developing China’s wireless transmission standard for digital television, as well as an experimental microsatellite project, for which he received a National Technological Invention Award. He was a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics.
Lester Huang is a practising lawyer who has spent more than 35 years at law firm P.C. Woo & Co, where he is the current co-chairman. He also chairs the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research and sits on the Education Commission. Other roles include non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission and immediate past-president of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. He holds a bachelor of law from The University of Hong Kong and a master of education from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Sarah Huggett’s role at Elsevier involves preparing reports on research performance. Her first job at Elsevier in Research & Academic Relations gave her an understanding of how bibliometrics can be used to inform strategic planning. She has a particular interest in new developments in research evaluation, such as measures of attention and engagement. After completing a bachelor’s then master’s degrees at the University of Grenoble (France), she joined Elsevier in 2006, relocating to Singapore in 2014 to focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Professor Alex Jen is Provost and Chair Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science of CityU. He has co-authored 870 publications, given over 550 invited presentations, has 49,500 citations and an H-index of 113, and is co-inventor for more than 60 patents and invention disclosures. For his pioneering contributions in organic photonics and electronics, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the European Academy of Sciences in 2019. He was named by THE as one of the 'Top 10 university researchers in Perovskite Solar Cell Research' from 2014 to 2017, and by Clarivate Analytics as one of the 'Highly Cited researchers' in materials science from 2014-2018.
Before taking on her current role in September 2017, Alison Johns was chief executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education for three years. Prior to that, she was head of policy for leadership, governance and management at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, where she established the LFHE and the Equality Challenge Unit. She is a past-president of the Association of University Administrators and represents the UK on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resources Management Network.
Professor Kapur is a full professor in the department of humanities, social and political sciences. Prior to joining ETH Zurich, he was professor of psychological studies at the Education University of Hong Kong and held leadership roles at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. With an engineering degree, master’s degrees in applied statistics and education, and a doctorate in instructional technology and media, he conceptualised the notion of, and has done extensive work in the field of, “productive failure”.
Vice-president of global strategic networks (Asia-Pacific)
Dr Karlsson joined Elsevier in 2012, as vice-president for strategic alliances and global academic relations, to support the company’s relationships with key stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. Before that, he was counsellor for science and innovation at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. He also previously served as a professor of quantum photonics at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Senior vice-president of information industry relations
Since joining Elsevier in 1995, Dr Kolman has held various core publishing roles in Amsterdam and Tokyo. He launched one of the first online journals in the industry in 1996 – New Astronomy – and, for 10 years, he spearheaded academic relations for Elsevier, building up a global network of ambassadors engaged in strategic discussions with research leaders. Today he continues to engage with research and government leaders in his role as academic ambassador. He currently serves on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium that aims to make books available for the visually impaired. He also joined the board of the Workplace Pride Foundation supporting LGBTI workplace inclusion. He is the executive sponsor of Elsevier Pride and was listed two years in a row in the Financial Times’ Top 100 ranking of most influential LGBT senior executives.
Professor Kuo is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Engineering. He is renowned for his work in design for reliability of electronics systems and energy. He was on the senior management team of Oak Ridge National Lab and served as dean of engineering at the University of Tennessee before taking on his current role in 2008. His book, Soulware:The American Way in China’s Higher Education, is jointly published by Wiley-Scrivener (2019).
Vice-president of development and external relations
City University of Hong Kong
Professor Lee is vice-president (development and external relations) and chair professor of information systems and e-commerce at CityU. His vice-presidential portfolio includes university branding, fundraising, alumni relations, communications and public relations, global engagement, and the university exhibition gallery. He is a qualified barrister-at-law in Hong Kong and England and Wales, a chartered engineer (UK Engineering Council) and a professional member of the British Computer Society. He is also chairman of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, advising the Hong Kong SAR Government on relevant economic and APEC cooperation matters.
Rianne Letschert has been rector magnificus of Maastricht University since September 2016, having previously been chair professor of victimology and international law at Tilburg University and director of the International Victimology Institute Tilburg. Before that, she was visiting research fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge.
Dr Li is president of Southern Medical University and Cheong-Kung professor of medicine and microbiology at Sun Yat-sen University. He was vice-president of education and teaching at SYSU from 2006 to 2018. Prior to that, he was a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1993-2005). At SYSU, he is a leader in institutional administration for higher education and management of university and medical school teaching affairs. He is a member of the State Council Degree Committee Discipline Group, a member of the national Accreditation Committee for Clinical Medicine Undergraduate Programmes.
Director of international affairs and director of institutional research and planning
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr Lloyd steers institutional research, strategic planning, performance monitoring, business intelligence and analytics, and oversees the university’s participation in international rankings. She has a keen interest in using data to support evidence-based decision-making and continual improvement. She also leads the strategic development and coordination of international partnerships, international recruitment, mobility opportunities and institutional relations. She serves on a number of advisory boards and steering committees including the Hong Kong Brand Development Council and i-Graduate, and is a director of the Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation.
Michael Lubacz leads THE’s global brand and strategic solutions team. He works closely with institutions to help raise their international profiles, build visibility around their research excellence, and create identities that differentiate their institutions in what is a competitive global market.
Zainab Malik joined THE in June 2018 as head of consultancy, providing advisory services to support higher education institutions’ strategic development. Before taking up her current role, Ms Malik served as research director at the British Council’s Education Intelligence, advising institutions and government entities on global higher education.
Prior to leading the University of Liverpool (2008-15), Sir Howard Newby was vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton, chairman and chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, president of Universities UK, and president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He was made a CBE in 1995 for services to social science, and given a knighthood in 2000 for services to higher education.
Professor Phakeng, a National Research Foundation B1 rated scientist, took on the role of vice-chancellor at the University of Cape Town in July 2018, having previously been the deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation. She joined UCT from the University of South Africa where she was vice-principal for research and innovation (2011-16) and, before that, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. She is an internationally renowned educator and mathematics education researcher, and has won numerous awards for her research and community work.
Dr Price, a public health and higher education consultant, was vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town (2008-18) and dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (1996-2006). He was previously a senior researcher and then director of the Centre for Health Policy at Wits University. During his term as vice-chancellor, he was chair for two years of the African Research Universities Alliance, and was chair and then vice-chair of the Worldwide Universities Network.
Vice-president of research and public affairs and chair professor of photonics
Professor Qiu received a PhD in condensed matter physics in 1999 from Zhejiang University, and a second PhD in electromagnetic theory from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2001. He joined KTH as an assistant professor in 2001, rising to full professor of photonics in 2009. He returned to Zhejiang University in 2010 as a distinguished professor and took up his current post at Westlake in 2018. His research interests include nanofabrication technology, nanophotonics and green photonics. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and SPIE.
Rector of the University of Stuttgart since 2006, Professor Ressel also chairs TU9, an alliance of nine leading technical universities in Germany. He completed his civil engineering studies at the Technical University of Munich and earned his doctorate at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. In 1998, he was appointed professor for road design and construction at the University of Stuttgart and managing director of the Institute for Roads and Transportation. From 2000-06, he served as dean of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Originally from the US, Kenn Ross has lived in Asia for more than 20 years. His expertise lies in higher education issues, education innovation and China-America cross-border education. He is also founder of the International Foundation for the Promotion of Academic Soft Skills, a US-based non-profit that provides non-cognitive skills-based and experiential education in China. He speaks at global education events such as TEDx and on Chinese television on topics related to Chinese and international education. Prior to Minerva, Ross held executive positions in Fortune 30 and mid-sized multinational companies in the clean energy, technology and consulting industries.
John Ross joined Times Higher Education in February 2018. He was previously higher education and science correspondent with The Australian newspaper. He has twice won the National Press Club’s higher education journalist of the year award, most recently in 2018, and has been shortlisted five times. He holds a communications degree from what is now University of Technology Sydney.
Rachel Sandison has worked in the higher education sector for 15 years. In her current role, she has responsibility for leading an integrated directorate covering marketing, recruitment and admissions, international affairs, widening access, and development and alumni relations. She is the university’s Universitas 21 network senior leader and chairs the CASE Strategic Marketing Institute and the Glasgow Economic Leadership HE/FE Marketing Group, in addition to sitting on a number of sector and government advisory boards.
As associate vice-president (international), Thomas Schneider leads SUSTech’s undergraduate exchange, international recruitment and campus internationalisation portfolios. Prior to his current role, he fulfilled various administrative functions at the University of British Columbia (among others, special adviser to the dean and vice-provost, graduate and postdoctoral studies) where he has been a professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern studies since 2007, and he also served as adviser to the president at Quest University Canada (2016-17).
Prior to joining THE as lead higher education consultant, Mr Sim spent more than 15 years with the Singapore Civil Service, where he served in key leadership roles across several government agencies. These included the Singapore Ministry of Education, where he was involved in the formulation of public policy on university governance and funding, as well as continuing education and skills training.
Lorna Somers is recognised internationally as a teacher/facilitator in the field of higher education and institutional advancement, and is the recipient of numerous international awards for excellence in teaching and leadership. She has spent 31 years at McMaster and has been responsible for the introduction of foundational programmes such as Annual and Planned Giving. She also leads strategic planning, case and vision development, and has directed two university-wide comprehensive campaigns, as well as many other targeted fundraising campaigns.
Valerie Tan is the Hiring Solutions Director, overseeing THEunijobs’ strategic focus in Asia and seeks to support higher education by working with universities in attracting academic talents. Previously, she has worked with universities in South-east Asia to help them expand their data and resources in order to advance their research and knowledge.
Before his election to head the APRU International Secretariat in Hong Kong in 2011, Dr Tremewan was vice-president and pro vice-chancellor (international) of the University of Auckland. He was a visiting professor at Peking University (2007-08) and a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington DC (2003). In 1991, he was elected a senior associate member of St Antony’s College, Oxford. A specialist on social regulation in Southeast Asia, his research has recently focused on internationalisation and inequality.
Professor Van de Walle became rector of Ghent University, his alma mater, in 2017 after spending five years as dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. After a visiting post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona, he returned to Ghent in 2001 and set up the Multimedia Lab, one of the founding research groups of iMinds (since 2016 known as imec). In 2004 he became full professor, and in 2010 senior full professor. After a merger with two other research groups, the Multimedia Lab was renamed in 2016 as Internet and Data Lab.
Chief information officer and associate provost of quality assurance
City University of Hong Kong
Christian Wagner is chief information officer and associate provost for quality assurance at the City University of Hong Kong. He is also the university’s chair professor of social media in the School of Creative Media. Professor Wagner is an award-winning author, multiple teaching award winner, experienced administrator and software entrepreneur. His current research focuses on the role of immersion and gamification in learning.
As well as vice-president and provost, Professor Yang is professor of business administration in management science at Tsinghua, his alma mater. His teaching methods at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management have won him awards such as Outstanding Young Faculty Award and Best Teaching Award. He is vice-chairman of the Association of Chinese Graduate Schools, secretary-general of the China National Engineering Education Supervisory Committee and secretary-general of the China National MBA Education Supervisory Committee.
Olga Yaroshenko has 25 years’ experience in higher education and took on her current role in 2018. She uses her expertise in the internationalisation processes in universities to lead the strategic development and coordination of international partnerships and institutional relations. Her responsibilities cover international recruitment and admissions, international affairs, rankings, marketing and alumni relations. She serves on a number of South Ural State University’s advisory boards and committee.
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